CDC Press Releases

Take a look at the latest and archived public health news releases published by the CDC.

Just 1 in 10 adults meet the federal fruit or vegetable recommendations, according to a new study published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Depending on their age and sex federal guidelines recommend that adults eat at least 1½ to 2 cups per day of fruit and 2 to 3 cups per day of vegetables as part of a healthy eating pattern. Yet in 2015, just 9 percent of adults met the intake recommendations for vegetables, ranging from 6 percent in West Virginia to 12 percent in Alaska. Only 12 percent of adults met the recommendations for fruit, ranging from 7 percent in West Virginia to 16 percent in Washington, D.C. Results showed that consumption was lower among men, young adults, and adults living in poverty.

Source: CDC Press Releases

Awaiting Trump’s coal comeback, miners reject retraining

When Mike Sylvester entered a career training center earlier this year in southwestern Pennsylvania, he found more than one hundred federally funded courses covering everything from computer programming to nursing.

What many experts call false hopes for a coal resurgence have mired economic development efforts here in a catch-22: Coal miners are resisting retraining without ready jobs from new industries, but new companies are unlikely to move here without a trained workforce. The stalled diversification push leaves some of the nation’s poorest areas with no clear path to prosperity.

Source: Awaiting Trump’s coal comeback, miners reject retraining

The Mason-Dixon Line turns 250 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Events mark the 1767 completion by English surveyors Mason and Dixon of the border of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and then-Virginia.

Mason and Dixon placed their last marker atop Brown’s Hill in what’s now Mason-Dixon Historical Park, which sits on both sides of of the line — Pennsylvania’s border with what’s now West Virginia.

That park is where the Mason-Dixon 250 anniversary will be celebrated Oct. 13-15, with re-enactors and guides in period costumes; speakers and guests including, from England, Jeremiah Dixon’s great-grandnephew John Dixon and other descendants; astronomy and surveying demonstrations (the two used to go hand-in-hand); politicians and proclamations; a quilt show and other arts and crafts; plus music, food and souvenirs.

Source: The Mason-Dixon Line turns 250 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Former police officer Keleman to discuss new book, ‘Paranormal PA’ | TribLIVE

A former police officer who enjoys researching local history and writing about crime and hauntings will introduce his latest book Aug. 26 in the Cafe at Craftique, 770 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg.

Ed Kelemen, 72, of New Florence, will discuss and sign copies of “Paranormal PA” from 1 to 3 p.m. as part of the “Meet Your Local Authors” series presented byLigonier Valley Writers and Craftique Collections.

Ed is an author, columnist, and paranormal documentarian.  He has published several books about paranormal events, as well as mystery novels and horror for adults and for middle graders.  He has had articles and fiction published in numerous local and national publications.  He writes a weekly column for the Blairsville Dispatch.  And he runs Ligonier Valley Writers’ flash fiction contest, now in its twelfth year.

Source: Former police officer Keleman to discuss new book, ‘Paranormal PA’ | TribLIVE

Fayette District Delays Start Of School Year Due To Solar Eclipse « CBS Pittsburgh

Students of one Western Pennsylvania school district will get an extra day of summer vacation, thanks to Monday’s solar eclipse.

The new school year in the South Fayette Township School District has been pushed back to Tuesday.

School board members voted Tuesday night to push the start of the year back by one day due to “reviewed and considered information regarding the upcoming” solar eclipse.

Source: Fayette District Delays Start Of School Year Due To Solar Eclipse « CBS Pittsburgh

Amazon launches Instant Pickup service at five college campuses | The Seattle Times

The service, dubbed Instant Pickup, offers a limited stock of basic items that range from snacks to phone chargers and Amazon devices.

 The order can be picked up almost immediately — in 2 minutes, Amazon says — at five staffed locations that Amazon has set up around college campuses: Westwood Boulevard near the University of California, Los Angeles; Georgia Tech in Atlanta; University of California at Berkeley; Ohio State University in Columbus; and the University of Maryland in College Park.

Source: Amazon launches Instant Pickup service at five college campuses | The Seattle Times

Western Pa. educators welcome Wolf’s call for less state testing | TribLIVE

“This is certainly a step in the right direction,” Greensburg Salem School District Superintendent Eileen Amato said by email.

“While accountability is important,” continued Amato, “it is also important to realize that standardized tests have a narrow purpose to that end. We are happy the conversation is moving towards expanding the state’s view of assessment to look at student learning through a much wider lens.”

Source: Western Pa. educators welcome Wolf’s call for less state testing | TribLIVE

3 hospitalized after stabbing at youth soccer game at El Camino High School in Whittier | abc7.com

An overhead helicopter is seen near El Camino High School in Whittier amid a search for a stabbing suspect on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017. (La Mirada Blog)

Three people were transported to hospitals after a stabbing Sunday afternoon at a youth soccer game held at El Camino High School in Whittier, authorities said.

Source: 3 hospitalized after stabbing at youth soccer game at El Camino High School in Whittier | abc7.com

No papers, no debt: Billions in student loans may be wiped out

Poor documentation is a major issue for a group of creditors trying to go after borrowers in default.

Creditors taking borrowers to court over loans in default are instead seeing the debt wiped out because of incomplete ownership records and other documentation, The New York Times reports.

Some of the problems playing out now in the $108 billion private student loan market are reminiscent of those that arose from the subprime mortgage crisis a decade ago, when billions of dollars in subprime mortgage loans were ruled uncollectible by courts because of missing or fake documentation. And like those troubled mortgages, private student loans — which come with higher interest rates and fewer consumer protections than federal loans — are often targeted at the most vulnerable borrowers, like those attending for-profit schools.

Source: No papers, no debt: Billions in student loans may be wiped out

Some Western Pennsylvania school districts face dilemma over unpaid lunch tabs | TribLIVE

The consequences of unpaid bills for school meals vary from district to district in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties, as well as elsewhere. But there is one action. Schools across the state and nation are now explicitly discouraged from taking to recover debt: humiliating or shaming students into paying.

Government Guidelines——-

A family of four making less than $31,980 per year qualifies for free meals or milk. A family of four making between $31,981 and $45,510 per year is eligible for reduced-price meals.

The figures are slightly higher than the 2016-17 guidelines.

Source: Some Western Pennsylvania school districts face dilemma over unpaid lunch tabs | TribLIVE

 

Chatham opening new small business center for women | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Chatham University is opening a new center for women business owners that will include a hands-on design lab for makers, digital training and financial literacy programs.

The new Entrepreneurship Hub will be housed at Chatham’s Eastside building on Penn Avenue near Bakery Square.

Funding totaling more than $250,000 is being provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, the PNC Foundation and Google.org.

Source: Chatham opening new small business center for women | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Coaches fired after taking school bus on a ‘beer run’ | WPXI

TISHOMINGO, Okla. – Two high school basketball coaches in Oklahoma have been fired for using a school bus to make a beer run.
Tishomingo High School basketball players were attending camp at Connors State College.  Kyle Miller is one of the players and said, “It sort of just disappointed us all.”
A school board member confirms the boys’ basketball coaches were fired for using a school bus drive to a local convenience store to purchase alcohol.
“We noticed that the school bus was gone but he had told us to stay in our dorms and so we proceeded to do that and we just didn’t find anything out until the next day,” said Miller.

Source: Coaches fired after taking school bus on a ‘beer run’ | WPXI

Government to rewrite rules for student loan forgiveness

The Education Department announced Wednesday that it will change two key Obama-era rules governing student loan forgiveness in cases involving fraud and misconduct by universities.

Under the borrower defense rules, students could have their loans erased if their college misrepresented the quality of its programs or broke a “contractual promise” with its students. The gainful employment rule was designed to ensure that graduates would be able to earn enough money to pay off their student loan debt.

Source: Government to rewrite rules for student loan forgiveness

Allegheny County opens its Summer Food program | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

More than 80 sites in the county will be taking part in free breakfast and lunch programs to underserved children and communities.

The program is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program and is designed to offer children the meals that they get at school during the academic year.

Source: Allegheny County opens its Summer Food program | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penn State Hazing Death Shows How You Can Get Charged With Manslaughter

Yesterday, a Grand Jury charged 18 members of Penn State’s Beta Theta Pi fraternity with the hazing death of Timothy Piazza…including eight members with involuntary manslaughter. The details of the testimonies highlighted how hazing continues to be a major health risk on campuses and the many mistakes that fraternity brothers made in treating a person who needed real medical attention.

Source: Penn State Hazing Death Shows How You Can Get Charged With Manslaughter

Man arrested in machete attack at Kentucky university coffee shop | KSL.com

A man armed with a machete asked about the political affiliations of people at a university coffee shop Friday morning before injuring two females in central Kentucky, a witness said.

The assailant at Transylvania University was armed with a machete and knives and is thought to be a former student, Lexington police Sgt. Jervis Middleton told the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Source: Man arrested in machete attack at Kentucky university coffee shop | KSL.com

UC Berkeley Changes Course And Offers To Host Ann Coulter Speech : The Two-Way : NPR

UC Berkeley, the home of the Free Speech Movement, is embroiled in another controversy testing that campus’ legacy. It invited, then disinvited, then reinvited a conservative pundit.

The university had previously announced Wednesday that it was canceling Coulter’s appearance following several political protests in Berkeley that turned violent.

Source: UC Berkeley Changes Course And Offers To Host Ann Coulter Speech : The Two-Way : NPR

Secret UK tomb found to contain remains of 5 archbishops of Canterbury – Chicago Tribune

In this file photo dated Wednesday, May 25, 2011, then Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams poses with a 400-year old King James Bible at his London residence, Lambeth Palace. According to a statement from the London Museum released Sunday April 16, 2017, the remains of five former archbishops of Canterbury were discovered during renovation works inside a secret tomb beneath a building located next to Lambeth Palace, including the remains of Richard Bancroft who became archbishop in 1604 and played a major role in production of the King James Bible. (Akira Suemori / AP)

A London museum has revealed that the remains of five archbishops of Canterbury were discovered inside a secret tomb beneath its building. The remains of some others have not been identified.

Source: Secret UK tomb found to contain remains of 5 archbishops of Canterbury – Chicago Tribune

More production, more jobs? CMU pitches businesses on robotics in manufacturing | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Post-Gazette.com – At the National Robotics Engineering Center in Lawrenceville, two decades of robotics research is on display in the 28 gleaming plaques on the wall: inscribed patents for pieces of technology invented at Carnegie Mellon University.  Now, flush with government money and commitments from private industry, a nonprofit founded at the school is embarking on a new mission: selling the value of robotics and automation to American manufacturing.

Source: More production, more jobs? CMU pitches businesses on robotics in manufacturing | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

San Bernardino school shooting: Student among 3 dead – CNN.com

Two adults died in a shooting Monday in a classroom at San Bernardino, California’s North Park Elementary School, in what is believed to be a murder-suicide, San Bernardino police said.

Story highlights

  • Police: Riverside man kills his wife in a classroom before turning the gun on himself
  • Police: 1 of 2 students wounded later dies at a hospital

Source: San Bernardino school shooting: Student among 3 dead – CNN.com

New York set to become first state to offer free tuition at public four-year colleges

A bipartisan budget agreement covers residents from families earning less than $125,000 a year.

Proposed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in January, the scholarship taps into one of the Democratic Party’s most popular ideas and advances a bipartisan movement to lower the cost of college that is taking shape across the country.

Source: New York set to become first state to offer free tuition at public four-year colleges

Mad Catz shuts down, files for chapter 7 bankruptcy – TechSpot

It’s the end of the road for Mad Catz Interactive as the gaming peripheral maker has filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy after betting the house on Rock Band 4.

As Polygon recounts, Mad Catz CEO Darren Richardson and Chairman Thomas Brown both stepped down in February 2016 ahead of a corporate restructuring that saw the company shed 37 percent of its workforce.

In September, Mad Catz sold its Saitek brand and line of space, flight and farm simulation controllers to Logitech for $13 million in cash. This past January, the company received word that it was at risk of being delisted from the New York Stock Exchange and last week, the exchange made good on that promise due to the “abnormally low” trading price of its common stock.

Mad Catz was founded in 1989 and produced a wide range of gaming accessories and controllers over the years.

Source: Mad Catz shuts down, files for chapter 7 bankruptcy – TechSpot